France Has Changed COVID-19 Entry Restrictions for U.S. Visitors, effectively banning unvaccinated travelers from the U.S. It joins the Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark, which have also changed COVID entry restrictions following the European Union's removal of the U.S. from its Safe Travel List.
Effective September 12, 2021, unvaccinated visitors from the U.S. will need:
- A compelling reason to enter France
- Negative results from a PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to departure, or negative results from an antigen test taken within the 48 hours prior to departure
- Possible antigen test upon arrival, if requested
- 7 day isolation period after arrival in France
Fortunately, the rules for fully vaccinated visitors from the U.S. remain unchanged:
- Must provide proof of fully vaccinated status, and be at least 7 days after the second shot of two-dose regimes (Pfizer, Moderna in the U.S.) or at least 28 days after the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine
- Must provide a sworn statement that attests to not having had any symptoms of COVID-19 within the prior 48 hours, and not knowingly having had any contact with a COVID-19 positive person.
How to Get a French Digital Health Pass (Passe Sanitaire)
If you're a vaccinated U.S. visitor in France, you'll need the Passe Sanitaire, France's digital health pass, in order to dine in restaurants and cafes and for entry to museums, tourist attractions, and to travel by train. Apply for the French Health Pass on this site. You'll need your vaccination card, passport, and travel details. Once processed, you'll receive an email with a QR code that can be saved and displayed on your smartphone, or printed. If you don't receive it in time, you can instead pay for a rapid antigen test, available at many pharmacies, to obtain a QR code valid for 72 hours.
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